Nestled on a hill, with breath-taking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this grandest of Victorian homes stands as one of the finest examples of 19th century affluent architecture that this charming historic community of Luray, Virginia has to offer. Built in 1868, with no expense spared by craftsmen who took pride in their work, this home reflects a life that many could only dream of. The high ceilings and spacious rooms are illuminated by 9’ original windows with crescent upper panes, and hanging lamps, each with its own unique design that compliments the parlor or the library.
The wood paneling, newel post, spindles and railings are all exceptional, both in design and execution, and the grand staircase with its wide treads and welcoming rise reveals a second floor hallway ten feet wide and thirty feet long, perfectly suited to the furnishings of an advantaged Victorian family, but of a scale that is both intimate and comfortable. There is a delightful play of light on the gorgeous wood floors and horse-hair plaster walls, peaking through doorways leading from room to room with the original transoms and hardware crafted nearly 150 years ago.
A tribute to a bygone era, this is a home steeped in history, but it is also 21st century livable with a large modern kitchen featuring granite counters and oak cabinets, balanced with the original built-in china cabinets and pantry, and spacious bathrooms with all the conveniences, yet retaining their claw foot tubs. This is a home of rare and beautiful distinction.
Address: 144 Court Street
Year Built: 1868
Main Floor- 10′ ceilings
Kitchen 19’x12′- Ceramic tile floor, granite counter tops, oak cabinets, recessed lights, hang lamp, china cabinet, pantry.
Back Parlor 21’x14′- Wood floor, wood mantel, (2) 9′ windows, closet, cast iron stove, transoms, chandelier, original doors.
Bathroom 10’x7′- Claw tub, pedestal sink, hang lamp, wood floor, wall sconces.
Front Parlor 20’x16′- Wood floor, (4) 9′ windows, closet, hanging lamp, wood mantel.
Entry Hall 26’x10′- Wood floor, grand staircase, original extensive wood work, hanging lamp, wainscot.
Front Parlor 2 23’x16′- Wood floor, bay window, (6) 9′ windows, chandelier, wood mantel.
Dining Room 19’x16′- Wood floor, fireplace with mantel, hanging lamp, built in china cabinet, door to kitchen, (7) 9’windows, wainscot, wall sconces.
2nd Floor- 9′ ceilings
Hall 30’x10′ – Wood floor.
Bedroom 1 22’x11′- Wood floor, 4 windows, closet, fireplace with cast iron stove, wood mantel, doors to bathroom and bedroom 2, hanging lamp.
Bedroom 2 20’x16′- Wood floor, 4 windows, hanging lamp, closet.
Hall Bathroom 12’x11′- Wood floor, hanging lamp, claw tub, pedestal sink, window, closet.
Bedroom 3 17’x16′- Wood floor, wood mantel, hanging lamp, 7 windows with inner shutters.
Bathroom (connect BR3 & BR4) Wood floor, hanging lamp, claw foot tub, window.
Bedroom 4 17’x16′- Wood floor, hanging lamp, fireplace with mantel, 4 windows, wood burning stove.
Office 8’x18′- Wood floor, door to attic, back staircase.
ABOUT LURAY, VIRGINIA
Luray Virginia & Page County – Chamber of Commerce – Excellent resource for history, community & visitor information. (Facebook Page)
Luray,VA in the Blue Ridge Mountains, now designated “Cabin Capital of Virginia,” is less than a 2 hour drive from the D.C. Metro area. This makes it a convenient destination for a week long stay, a weekend, or a mid-week getaway. It was also listed recently as “no.2″ in an article; “10 Beautiful Destination Wedding Locales in the United States”. Jackson Hole, WY was no.1.
Luray is home to the world famous Luray Caverns and the central entry point of the Shenandoah National Park and scenic Skyline Drive in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Just a few miles in any direction offers you a chance to enjoy the abundance of its natural resources and a range of activities including, camping, canoeing, cycling, fishing, golf, hiking, horseback riding, photography or simply marveling at the scenery! Any season is a great time to visit; each is unique and beautiful.
Luray was the site of a battle between Union and Confederate cavalry on September 24, 1864. Following his victory at the Battle of Fisher’s Hill Union general Philip Sheridansent 6,000 troopers under Brigadier General Alfred Torbert into the Luray Valley. Torbett’s men engaged 1200 Confederate cavalry under Bigadier General Williams Wickham. Despire superior numbers, Torbett withdrew. Private Philip Baybutt of the 2nd Massachusetts Cavalry received the Medal of Honor for capturing a Confederate flag during the battle. This action was part of Sheridan’s Valley Campaigns of 1864.
September 29 – The Virginia Review